Personal characteristics and skills required (operating department practice)

This page has information on the personal characteristics and skills needed for operating department practice (ODP). 

Skills needed to be a operating department practitioner include:

  • caring and compassionate nature
  • ability to work well as part of a team
  • being able to work in a highly technical area
  • excellent problem solving and organisational skills 
  • being able to concentrate for lengthy periods of time
  • very good communication skills
  • thoughtful and conscientious approach to working
  • being able to adapt to the environment including the potential to stand for long periods and react quickly in an emergency within a confined area

Values and behaviours

If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services, you'll be asked to show how you think the values of the NHS Constitution apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you are applying for a university course funded by the NHS. 

Find out more about NHS values

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